Charlottesville poised to re-adopt Comprehensive Plan

Charlottesville City Council has held first reading of an updated version of the Comprehensive Plan that was altered in response to a lawsuit. 

The re-adoption did not come without changes.

“There are substantively two items in fact,” said James Freas, the city’s Director of Neighborhood Development Services. “The adoption of the Climate Action Plan and amendments supporting manufactured housing as a form of affordable housing.” 

Freas said the second item brings the Comprehensive Plan into compliance with state law. That was one of four counts in a lawsuit filed against the plan in late 2021

Last August, Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Claude Worrell threw out three out of four counts in the suit that had been filed by anonymous plaintiffs. At the time, he said he would consider further arguments on a claim that public notice for the Comprehensive Plan’s adoption on November 15, 2021 was not sufficient. This re-adoption will render that argument moot. 

Council agreed to put the second reading on the consent agenda on their January 17 meeting.

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